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Wulf Koehler is a well known diver in Europe. He began diving when he was 14, and when he was 18 years old, he constructed his first underwater housing made of steel sheet. At the age of 20, he built his first aluminum cast housings, the so called "Darmstadt Model". Darmstadt, Germany (near Frankfurt) was his home town. Various SLR cameras fitted inside. During the 1970's he started to manufacture underwater housings for Rollei SL 66 cameras. Rollei had asked him to construct a follow-up for the twin lens Rolleiflex/Rolleimarin, but he decided to design a brand new housing for the Rollei SL 66. Housings for Rollei 2000F/3003 cameras and later for SLX, 6001, 6002, 6003, 6006 up to 6008 Integral cameras followed.

He later developed a custom designed housing for his friend and National Geographic U/W photographer, David Doubilet. It was a Nikon F3 "Ocean Eye" with motor drive and 180 degree full dome port. Wulf himself used this set to take a picture in a depth of 195 meters in the Red Sea for "Geo" magazine. He was sitting inside a mini submarine and had placed the Ocean Eye camera beside a ship wreck by using one of the robot arms. Then they drove away some meters and waited until the sediment sank again and the water was clear. Wulf activated the camera by a laser beam.

Dome-shaped compass glass covers were used as the first dome ports for underwater camera housings. Wulf constructed the first underwater housings for JVC's earliest video cameras. He designed a professional housing for the Hasselblad-500EL and constructed professional housings for Arriflex-16SR movie cameras.

Wulf was the underwater “Project Engineer” for the Hollywood movie THE DEEP. The film crew called him BBW -- Big Bad Wulf. He is still an active diver, traveling all over the world.


Umbria Shipwreck, Red Sea. In order to have a good contrast with the blue water, Wulf's tanks were painted orange.
Photo by L. Sillner



Umbria Shipwreck, Red Sea. Photo by L. Sillner


Wulf in the Umbria Shipwreck. Photographer: Gerhard Binanzer


Utz Langhoff using a 16mm Bolex in the Umbria Shipwreck. Photographer: Gerhard Binanzer


Wulf in the Umbria Shipwreck. Photographer: Gerhard Binanzer


Birgit Lehmann-Binanzer using a Hasselblad SWC housing at the Wingate Reef near Port Sudan in the early 1970's. Photographer: Gerhard Binanzer


Hugymeter Housing. A "Hogyfot" product. Wulf had manufactured these housings for some time.


Wulf's Hasselblad 500 EL housing.


WKD "Ocean Eye" for Nikon F3.


WKD "Ocean Eye" for Nikon F3.


Underwater 13 x 18 cm camera with a "Schneider" Super Angulon, 1:4/90 mm 103 degrees. Camera belongs to Kamillo Weiss.


Underwater 13 x 18 cm camera with a "Schneider" Super Angulon, 1:4/90 mm. The "Nikonos" shows how large this housing is.


Wulf in the sailing yacht "Aurora". Wulf took some of his early dives (in the 1980's) in the Red Sea from this magnificent old sailing yacht. It was sunk near the Umbria a couple of years ago.


Angila Television, Ltd. "Survival" cameraman Dieter Plage filming in the Okavango. Photographer: R.H. Borland.


Angila Television, Ltd. "Survival" cameraman Dieter Plage with a baby crocodile. Photographer: R.H. Borland.


Angila Television, Ltd. "Survival" cameraman Dieter Plage filming in the Okavango. Photographer: R.H. Borland.


Wulf with his products.


The Mini Submarine.


"Shark Hunter" mini submarine used in a James Bond movie.


Ludwig Sillner (b/w inset) took this shot showing Wulf in the wreck of the Umbria, 1962.

Wulf operating the mini submarine/research dive boat from Jaques Piccard in the "Zuerichsee" (Lake of Zurich, Switzerland).

WKD OceanOptics Flyer


"Skin Diver" Magazine cover shot taken by Wulf, showing David Clarke using the first self-contained U/W housing for a JVC video camera in the Caribbean, Bahamas.


"Submarin" cover, 11/77, showing one of the underwater cinematographers filming the Hollywood movie THE DEEP in 1975 (Bermuda).


Front page, brochure of the Aquamarin WKD-SL66 housing for the Rolleiflex SL66.


Wulf Koehler demonstrating the underwater cameras to Jaqueline Bisset, star of THE DEEP.



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